Universities need a new model of governance

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Julie Cafley Contributed to the Globe and Mail, Aug 19, 2015

Julie Cafley is vice-president at Canada’s Public Policy Forum. Her research focuses on higher education leadership.

When former University of British Columbia president Martha Piper was asked in 2011 about the impact a university president has, her swift response, after nearly 10 years at the helm before her retirement in 2006 was, “not much.” As Ms. Piper returns to the university as interim president after Arvind Gupta’s hasty departure this month, would she say the same thing today?

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